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Elaine M. Cottam

March 26, 1941 ~ November 21, 2020 (age 79)

Obituary

PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020 AT THE BACHELOR-SURBER FUNERAL HOME, BELLEVILLE, KS

FRIENDS MAY SIGN THE REGISTER BOOK FROM 1 PM UNTIL 5 PM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020 AT THE FUNERAL HOME.

THE SERVICES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON THE FUNERAL HOME FACEBOOK PAGE:  BACHELOR-FAULKNER-DART-SURBER FUNERAL HOMES, 

Obituary Elaine M. Cottam

Elaine Marie Cottam, the daughter of Edward E. Pelesky and Anna Victoria (Blecha) Pelesky, was born March 26, 1941 in Narka, KS and passed away on November 21, 2020 at CHI St. Mary’s at Nebraska City, Nebraska at the age of 79 years, 7 months, and 25 days.

Elaine grew up and attended the local public school of Narka, KS graduating from Narka High School.  In her early years, she worked at Foote’s Cafe in Chester, NE.    She later worked for MC Industries in Belleville for several years.  Elaine later worked at Swedes’ in Hubbell, NE and Mary’s in Hebron, NE as a cook and waitress.   She owned and operated the Hop Along Bar in Gilead, NE for several years and later managed the VFW in Hebron for a time until her retirement.

In 1963, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Cottam.

Elaine was a former member of the United Methodist Church, Hubbell, NE

Elaine's greatest passion in her retirement years were her grandkids.  She provided everything they needed and gave them everything they wanted. Her doors were always open and if not, the grandkids knew where the key was!  Her house was the place to go after school, after practice or just the place to get glamorized for homecoming or prom. She made sure whatever they liked to eat, or drink was on hand even if it meant she did not have something for herself.  Any mending that needed to be done was taken care of and if you needed your clothes washed, she was on top of it. If Elaine knew the kids were going to her house after school, she would be there waiting to pick them up, even though her house was only three blocks from the school. Elaine's kids knew that she was the one person they could always count on and the kids/grandkids never left the house without a hug and a “I Love you”.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Anna Pelesky.

She is survived by her children:  Kent (Kim) Cottam of Hebron, NE, Kathy Broers of Chester, NE, Kevin (Jani) Cottam of Hebron, NE, and Kristy (Eric) Mathiesen of Hebron, NE; Grandchildren:   Jordan, Jay(Bailey), and Jena Cottam. Brittany(Trevor) Wit, Broderick(Byranna) Bowman, Tanner Broers, Taylor Broers, Ethan Hudson, Sydney Cottam, Cambrie Cottam, Paige(Joshua) Yoachim, and Hunter Mathiesen; 5 Great grandchildren; other relatives, and friends.

Private family funeral services will be held Friday, November 27, 2020 at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS, with Reverend Keith Brozek, officiating.

Inurnment will follow at the National Cemetery, Narka, Kansas.

Friends may call to sign the register book from 1:00 PM until 5:00; PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS

Memorials are suggested to the Elaine M. Cottam Memorial to be decided at a later time.

Online condolences at www.bachelor-surber.com

The funeral services will be live streamed via the funeral home Facebook page:   Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Homes Friday morning, Nov. 27th beginning at 10:30 AM.

Services are under the direction of the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elaine M. Cottam, please visit our floral store.


Services

Friends to sign Register Book
Wednesday
November 25, 2020

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home
1322 19th Street
Belleville, KS 66935
Guaranteed delivery before the Friends to sign Register Book begins

Private Family Funeral Services
Friday
November 27, 2020

Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home
1322 19th Street
Belleville, KS 66935

Private Committal

National Cemetery
Rural
Narka, KS 66960

Please note
MEMORIALS ARE SUGGESTED TO THE ELAINE M. COTTAM MEMORIAL TO BE DECIDED AT A LATER TIME.
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